Monday, June 30, 2014

Pack Wars III: The Last of the Christmas Packs!

As the post title says, this is it for my Christmas 2013 packs!  I've managed to hold off until June before ripping every last box and pack - that's impressive if you ask me.

What were the final unopened packs?  I ended up receiving a pair of rack packs from my dad for Christmas - both from 2012 Topps (Series Two and Update).

Since both packs contain 36 cards, I figured it'd be fun to have a pack war with the two jumbo packs!

Let's begin the pack war with the upper half of each rack pack.  Will I end up with a relic or autograph out of either pack?  Will I get something so fabulous and rare that this 6 month wait will have been worth it?  I have no idea (though I could guess)...  Let's find out for sure!

To keep things simple, the first card listed will be the Series 2 card, the second card listed will be the Update series representative.  Points will be decided by me - and bonus points are possible this time around.

J.D. Martinez vs. Wilson Valdez

The Update pack begins on a good foot by starting off with a Red (even if it is only Valdez).  A Red will beat an Astro easily - plus a bonus point for Cincinnati goodness upfront!  S2 - 0, Update - 2.

Omar Infante vs. Darnell McDonald

The best thing about Darnell is that the Reds managed to trade him away since he did absolutely nothing for my team.  I can't give him any points so that means Infante wins by default.  S2 - 1, Update - 2.

Josh Willingham vs. Kris Medlan

Willingham looks terribly constipated in this picture.  1 point for making me laugh.  S2 - 2, Update - 2.

Collin Cowgill vs. Ernesto Frieri

The Cowgill is a rookie card - I guess that's good enough for a point.  I don't have any opinion on either of these guys.  S2 - 3, Update - 2.

Tim Staugger vs. Darren O'Day

O'Day wins the day since he's featured in midst-submarine-pitch and that's kind of cool.  We are now all tied up at three points each.  S2 - 3, Update - 3.

Cody Ross vs. Chris Johnson

I love the Johnson photo - so much so that I'm awarding two points to the Update pack!  S2 - 3, Update - 5.

Raul Ibanez vs. David Carpenter

Carpenter isn't a Yankee (like Ibanez) - and this isn't the Carpenter that is a Cardinal.  Therefore, David Carpenter gets the point.  S2 - 3, Update - 6.

Jemile Weeks vs. Yasmani Grandal

The Reds traded Grandal as part of the package that brought Mat Latos to the Queen City.  That seemed like a good idea to me then - and it still seems like it was a good idea now.  Grandal gets the point for helping out the Reds in a roundabout way.  S2 - 3, Update - 7.

We now hit the insert portion of each pack.  Points could really fly here if I pull something great!

Robinson Cano vs. Josh Lindblom

The Cano is a "Cut Above" insert seeded 1:2 packs and is die-cut.  I do like die-cut cards when they are done right (though I can't say this particular card is done right - the die-cutting seems pointless to be honest).  The Lindblom is a Golden Moments sparkle parallel that is also seeded 1:2 packs.  I went crazy for the diamond sparkle parallels a few years ago but the gold parallels don't hold my attention.  I guess the die-cut card is slightly more original, even if it is a Yankee.  S2 - 4, Update - 7.

Carl Yastrzemski vs. Asdrubal Cabrera

The Yaz card is a Golden Moments insert (seeded 1:2 packs) while the Cabrera card is a 1987 mini (also seeded 1:2 packs).  I don't particularly care for either card to be honest - but the Yaz is probably the better of the two (especially since Topps has ran the mini card idea into the ground).  S2 - 5, Update - 7.

Dwight Gooden vs. Harmon Killebrew

The Gooden is a Mound Dominance insert (seeded 1:3 packs) while the Killebrew is a Golden Greats insert (seeded 1:4 packs).  The Killebrew gets a point for being the rarer of the two cards (and the rarest card pulled so far) but Gooden gets two points for being both a cool looking card and an under-loved former great.  S2 - 7, Update - 8.

Taylor Green vs. Golden Giveaway Code

The Giveaway code is seeded 1:2 packs but it's a totally worthless card in 2014.  By default, Green wins and ties up the Pack War once again.  S2 - 8, Update - 8.

Jose Constanza vs. Matt Adams

A pair of rookie cards do battle - and both from teams that I don't particularly care for (though I dislike the Braves a lot less now than I used to).  I have to give the nod (unfortunately) to the Cardinal Matt Adams since he is definitely the better of the two players in my mind.  S2 - 8, Update - 9.

Aaron Harang vs. Jason Isringhausen

I always liked Harang when he was a Red.  In fact, I usually simply felt bad for the big guy because he pitched for some truly terrible Cincinnati teams (and Harang usually pitched quite well).  I was happy to see his early season success this year - and I'm happy to award him the point for this match-up.  S2 - 9, Update - 9.

Dallas Braden vs. Chris Sale

Braden definitely had his moment in the sun but Sale is the better player.  S2 - 9, Update - 10.

Brandon League vs. Paul Konerko

Konerko wins without any doubt.  Update begins to pull away once again.  S2 - 9, Update - 11.

David Murphy vs. Joel Hanrahan

Normally I'd away the Pirate the point but I happen to really like the Murphy image.  It's a great picture from an unusual angle.  S2 - 10, Update - 11.

Tony Campana vs. Mark Trumbo

Trumbo gets the last point for the top half of the rack pack because the Campana came out slightly dinged.  Injured cards usually get no points.  S2 - 10, Update - 12.

With the first half of the rack pack complete, Update is holding on to a two point lead.  I'll rip the bottom half of the rack pack and continue the Pack War at a later date - after all, I think this was enough ripping, scanning, and typing for one day!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 289: 1992 Upper Deck FanFest - #30

Barry Larkin
Year:  1992
Brand:  Upper Deck FanFest
Card number:  30

In 1992, Upper Deck released a FanFest boxed set (54 cards total) to commemorate the 1992 All-Star game that was held in San Diego.  The set featured ten future heroes, ten past heroes, and 34 current All-Stars (one of which was Barry Larkin).

As for the card itself, the front features a (much too large) logo of for the All-Star FanFest which includes the Padres team logo (which seems out of place - Upper Deck should have used the 1992 All-Star game logo instead).  In terms of the photography choice, this also wasn't Upper Deck's finest work as Larkin is featured in a rather pedestrian mid-swing shot.

The back of the card makes up for the front though because you get a large block of text full of interesting information including Larkin's playing history in All-Star games leading up to the 1992 clash.

According to baseballcardpedia, there is also a special gold hologram parallel set that exists for the FanFest set.  The gold hologram set was seeded 1 per 60 set case and the hologram set differs from the regular set by a gold hologram on the back of each card.  Unfortunately, as of the time of this post I do not possess the gold hologram version of the Barry Larkin card.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Delivery Time! Tribe Cards Giveaway: Round 2!

A couple of days ago I showcased a bunch of cards from last season's pack ripping and giveaway spectacular held by David over at Tribe Cards. In that post, I highlighted a bunch of players for whom I received exactly one card each.  Now, it's time to shift our attention to some of the players that showed up multiple times over the course of the season.

We begin our tour through the box with a pair of players that I actually ended up with two copies of the same card for each (with no other cards for either player):

Logan Ondrusek  

I chose Ondrusek because he was pretty good for the Reds over the past few years.  Unfortunately, he hasn't been nearly as good this year which has made me refer to him as Ondru-sucky instead.  I'm clever like that.

Adam Moore

As for Adam Moore, I don't have any idea why I claimed the catcher from Seattle...

Matt Capps

I claimed Capps because of his Pirates connection (though I ended up with a card of him as Twin and as a Pirate).  I actually love the Capps' rookie card - it's a cool shot of what I presume is batting practice.

Garret Anderson

A pair of interesting cards though neither are surefire bets to become keeper cards for my collection.  The Future Stars subset that Topps did was cool at the time but I don't think particular design aged very well.  On the other hand, the Fleer Tradition design was supposed to be old fashioned and yet Fleer went with the super glossy cardstock (a big no no by them).

Richard Hidalgo

For a player that I don't collect, I have to say that Hidalgo ended up providing two of the better cards in the box.  First, one is a Pacific card which I automatically like (no questions asked)!  The other card that I like a lot is the Fleer Ultra horizonatl shot.  There aren't enough "staring at umpire hoping I'm called safe" cards out there - especially with a helmet two feet off the guys' head.

Jake Peavy

No one would confuse me for a Padres (or White Sox) fan, but I have always been a fan of Jake Peavy.  I happen to really like the Turkey Red card - the other two Peavy cards are alright but they pale in comparison to the grandeur that is Turkey Red.

And finally:  Ron Oester

Because who doesn't want at least one Topps Big card in a trade package?!

A big thanks goes out to David for (once again) for hosting the awesome pack ripping draft!  I have at least one more post to go yet with cards from the box - I still haven't shown my favorite players that I claimed so stay tuned for that!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 288: 1992 Topps Stadium Club - #596

Barry Larkin
Year:  1992
Brand:  Topps Stadium Club
Subset:  Member's Choice
Card number:  596

The 1992 Topps Stadium Club set was released in three different series where the last ten cards in Series 2 and the first ten cards in Series 3 made up the Member's Choice subset.  The subjects in the subset were actually chosen by the members of Topps' Stadium Club which is kind of cool (and proof that Topps occasionally listens to its consumers)!

For the set, Barry Larkin also has a regular base card (#100) so the Member's Choice card can be considered a "bonus" card of sorts!  Even better, the image on the regular base card is different (though I prefer the Member's Choice photo selection).  The front image is a simple shot of Larkin in front of a chain link fence - and all the Member's Choice subset cards have the "Member's Choice" foil stamp at the bottom of the card.  The back of the card looks a bit different than the regular base card (namely you do not get an image of Larkin's rookie card but you do get a large Reds' team logo).  The card also has an error in that Larkin's statistics are listed with American League ranks (which of course makes no sense since Barry spent his entire career in the National League).  The error was uncorrected (to the best of my knowledge) though so it's not a huge deal.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Delivery Time! Tribe Cards Giveaway: Round 1

I'm still working my way through a few more trade packages that have made their way to el casa de Nachos over the past few days (weeks/months).  Today, it's time to take a gander at a small box from David over at Tribe Cards.  Last year, David ran a crazy, season-long contest of sorts where he opened up packs and had people draft cards over the span of the Major League Baseball season.  As crazy as that was, David has repeated the exercise for this year (along with some sort of electronic game component that I don't quite get but I am in first place last I saw)!  David might be insane - but for all of his hard work it sure is fun for the rest of us to participate!

Plus, free cards!

Since the stack of cards I got was so big, I figured I'd show off a few of the players today and then the rest some other day!

I ended up with eleven different players for whom I received exactly one card plus eighteen other players for whom I ended up with two or more cards each.  That's 29 different players in all - certainly a generous haul and it is all thanks to David!  Today, let's take a peek at the singleton cards...and I'll see if I can remember why it is that I tried to claim each one.

Rob Dibble

This is easy - Dibble was a great addition to the Reds' bullpen during the Reds' run to the World Series.  I don't need this particular 1989 Topps card but I was hoping to perhaps land a Dibble card that I didn't own at a later point in the pack ripping!

Tim Layana

Another Red, but honestly I don't know anything about Layana besides what is on the back of his baseball card (no major league experience as of 1990).  This card is from the 1990 Topps Traded set.

Maicer Izturis

I claimed players from a variety of teams - not just the Reds.  As for Izturis, honestly I have no idea.  I don't recall claiming him...and his name isn't close to any other player that I might have confused him for...  This one is a mystery.

Ryan Rowland-Smith

I think I just liked how long Rowland-Smith's hyphenated last name was - and how it looks on the back of his jersey.  Seriously though, I have no idea.  I think a ghost might have filled out a draft form or two for me.

Pat Clements

Why would I claim a late 80s Yankee card?  Why would anyone?  This card is prime material for a future trade stack I think...

Orlando Mercado

I am 99% sure I got Orlando Mercado confused with Orlando Merced.  Merced had played for the Pirates for a few years and I sometimes can't help myself by acquiring Pirates cards.  Instead, I get Orlando Mercado who is a Ranger...and and 1987 Topps Ranger at that (one of the worst kinds of Rangers).

Norm Charlton

Charlton joins Dibble as claims based on the 1990 Reds' Championship team.  1990 Fleer is vastly underrated as a set if you ask me.

Mickey Tettleton

Hey Mickey, you're so fine you blow my mind.  Hey Mickey.

Lloyd McClendon

I don't think 1994 Topps is the best design.  In fact, I'd be perfectly fine with all card companies from hence forth getting rid of all script fonts in their design files.  Yuck.

Chan Ho Park

I think I got Park as part of an experiment on my end.   Could I possible end up with a Dodger that I've heard of with all the other Dodger collectors taking part in the Tribe Cards Giveaway.  The other reason I wanted this one?  It's a Pacific card and I have an unhealthy love of all things Pacific!

That's it for the singletons from the giveaway.  Next time, I'll take a look at some of the players for whom I ended up with multiple cards!

A special thanks to David for hosting the crazy giveaway and for keeping everything so organized - I have no idea how you do it good sir!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 287: 1992 Dairy Queen - #4

Barry Larkin
Year:  1992
Brand:  Dairy Queen (Topps)
Card number:  4

In my life, I've maybe eaten at a Dairy Queen once.  Although I love ice cream (and always have), I've never lived close enough to a Dairy Queen to make it a habitual stop.  Even if I had gone to DQ as a kid, I'm not sure I would have expected to get a baseball card along with my ice cream cone.  In fact, it would appear to me that baseball cards and sticky ice cream simply don't go together at all - but what do I know?  Happily for me, someone went to DQ and managed to keep their Larkin card in good shape...and eventually that card made its way to me!

The front of the card features Barry in his 1984 Team USA jersey.  By doing that, Dairy Queen (and Topps) avoided having to use team logos - but since Topps had a full license to create cards with logos I'm not entirely sure why that was necessary.    I do happen to like the picture used though, the bright blue sky with the bold red uniform makes for a striking image.

The back of the card features plenty of statistics including Larkin's profressional career numbers with the Reds and USA team tour statistics and his Olympic statistics.  Larkin managed to hit over .300 on tour but he stunk it up at the Olympics (.143 batting average).  No matter how poor his numbers ended up being, I think this is the only card in my Barry Larkin Collection that actually lists out Larkin's Team USA numbers (something that I appreciate)!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Still Trying to Finish Your 2014 Topps Heritage Set?



Are you like me and still trying to complete your 2014 Topps Heritage set?  Yeah, the set with the little '65 style flags on it has proved to be a difficult beast to complete - but you are in luck my friend.


You see, I have a ton of extras available for trade and I've finally managed to get them all listed on my blog - this even includes a couple of short prints that I'd like to swap for short prints that I need!  I'm also happy to trade 10+ base cards for short prints that I need.  No reasonable offer will be refused so check out what I have for trade (and check out what I still need) and then make an offer!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Cards for Sale!

As many of you know, I'm in the midst of a total baseball card collection reorganization.  I'm also a huge fan of Topps Allen & Ginter's set - a set that just so happens to be scheduled for release next month.

My goal?  Kill two birds with one stone.

I just bought a car this past Saturday so funds are basically nonexistent.  My goal is try and sell off some of my cards on the blog (or possibly eBay) which will hopefully provide me with enough cash to dabble in this year's A&G set.

For now, here's what I have for sale - along with a price (includes hipping to the contiguous US).  I don't mind shipping outside the US but you'll have to pay for the shipping (and mailing full sets of cards can be quite heavy and expensive unfortunately).

For Sale!

  • 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter's base set (cards 1-300):  Price:  $20.00
  • 2011 Topps Lineage base set (cards 1-200):  Price $12.00
  • 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter's complete set (cards 1-350):  Price $30.00
  • 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter's complete set (cards 1-350) plus This Day in History complete insert set (75 cards):  Price $50.00
  • 2011 Topps Town Inset complete set (cards 1-50):  Price $8.00
  • 2000 Fleer Focus complete set (cards 1-200):  Price $10.00

Hopefully as I continue to go through my cards I'll find more stuff to sell - after all, even if I sell everything listed above I will barely be able to afford a single box of this year's Ginter offering!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Trade Stack 61: A World Cup Inspired (Lady) Addition to the Pile!

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  6/22/14

In about half an hour from the time of this post, the United States men's soccer team is to play Portugal in the second game of group play at the World Cup.  I figured I would try to add a little World Cup taste to the current trade stack...but how about a lady soccer player rather than a dude?  

Based on my blog traffic, I know that Heather Mitts has a pretty voracious fan club.  In fact, this post from January 2012 continues to be a popular destination for internet searchers everywhere (who I am sure are only interested in learning about soccer).  Now it's your turn to have a chance at owning a card depicting one of America's finest female soccer players - and all for the low price of any one card off my want list!

If you want the stack, remember - all you need to do is offer up any one card from my want list.

2011 Topps Allen & Ginter's:
164. Heather Mitts

2014 Topps Heritage:
163.  Wily Peralta

1994 Sportsflics 2000:
172.  Javier Lopez - Braves

2012 Bowman:
60.  Jordan Walden - Angels

2012 Upper Deck Marvel Avengers:
23.  Hulk


1991 Donruss:
127.  Fernando Valenzuela - Dodgers

2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants:
46.  Johnny Bench - Reds



Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!


Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
Stack 05:  9 cards by Daily Dimwit
Stack 06:  4 cards by The Lost Collector
Stack 07:  1 card by Baseball Dad
Stack 08:  1 card by M. Spiegel
Stack 09:  6 cards by bwsmith25
Stack 10:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 11:  1 card by Patrick
Stack 12:  5 cards by Matt B.
Stack 13:  4 cards by Steve G.
Stack 14:  3 cards by ShaneK
Stack 15:  7 cards by Ryan G
Stack 16:  1 card by longlivethewho
Stack 17:  4 cards by hiflew
Stack 18:  4 cards by Potch
Stack 19:  2 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 20:  5 cards by by Play at the Plate
Stack 21:  5 cards by BA Benny
Stack 22:  1 card by IkesCards
Stack 23:  8 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 24:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 25:  2 cards by Jeff P.
Stack 26:  10 cards by Axemanohio
Stack 27:  1 card by BA Benny
Stack 28:  7 cards by ThingsAreFunnerHere
Stack 29:  3 cards by TheBrooklynMet
Stack 30:  4 cards by Adam C.
Stack 31:  10 cards by Play at the Plate
Stack 32:  8 cards by Josh D.
Stack 33:  6 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 34:  1 card by Potch
Stack 35:  9 cards by Cool Breeze
Stack 36:  11 cards by Kev 
Stack 37:  6 cards by Tunguska
Stack 38:  12 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 39:  8 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 40:  1 card by Kyle4KC
Stack 41:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 42:  1 card by AdamE
Stack 43:  1 card by madding
Stack 44:  10 cards by Commishbob
Stack 45:  1 (almost complete) puzzle by Baseball Dad
Stack 46:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 47:  5 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 48:  4 cards by dayf
Stack 49:  9 cards by Swing and a Pop-Up
Stack 50:  9 cards by Commishbob
Stack 51:  3 cards by Need More Cardboard
Stack 52:  1 card by Play at the Plate
Stack 53:  12 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 54:  4 cards by The Junior Junkie
Stack 55:  9 cards by Spiegel83
Stack 56:  2 cards cards by Joe Frecker
Stack 57:  4 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 58:  2 cards by Chunter
Stack 59:  9 cards by Baseball Dad
Stack 60:  8 cards by buckstorecards
Stack 61:  ?? by ??

Barry Larkin Collection 286: 1999 Topps Stadium Club - #181

Barry Larkin
Year:  1999
Brand:  Topps Stadium Club
Card number:  181

I've loved almost every iteration of Topps Stadium Club - even the 2008 set which many seem to despise because of its awful numbering and short prints.  While the 1999 Stadium Club set doesn't seem to be nearly as popular as even the 2008 set, I have to say that I find the 1999 set to be quite nice.  In fact, I'd wager that this particular set has a chance to be one of my top five favorite Stadium Club designs if I were to ever rank them from first to worst!

The front of the Larkin card has a rather pedestrian shot of Larkin running the bases - but the overall design is simple, uncluttered, and best of all, (mostly) lacking obnoxious foil.  I also actually like the look of the "watermark team logo" in the top left corner of the card.  It's different enough from most card designs to stand out without actually standing out (if that makes any sense at all).

The back of the card features a second shot of Larkin plus his 1998 batting statistics and a nice Reds' team logo.  There's very little to complain about - even the "Bottom Line" factoid is neat in that it ties Barry Larkin and Cal Ripken Jr. together!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 285: 1998 Leaf - #168

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Leaf
Subset:  Gold Leaf Stars (short print)
Card number:  168

In 1998, the Leaf set was a 200 card set (1 - 201 with no card number 44 in honor of Jackie Robinson).  There were three different subsets (Curtain Calls, Gold Leaf Stars, and Gold Leaf Rookies) all of which were short printed.  This particular Barry Larkin is part of the Gold Leaf Stars subset which combined with the other two short printed subsets were seeded 1:3 packs.  Barry does not have a "regular" base card in the 1998 Leaf set.

As for the card itself, I never was a big fan of Leaf sets and this set is certainly not one of Leaf's finer offerings.  The front features an old timey background photo which makes no sense for current stars.  Furthermore (and much worse), the Leaf logo is smack dab in the middle of the card completely cluttering up the design with ugliness and foil overload.

The back of the card avoids the Leaf logo (thankfully) but otherwise it's not much of an improvement over the front side.  I do like the inset photo at the top of the card back framed by a star - it helps to tie together the "Gold Leaf Stars" subset.  I would have liked to have seen some career statistics (especially since Larkin doesn't appear on a regular base card in the set).

All things considered, I'm extremely happy to have one of the two Barry Larkin cards in the set (the other is a serially numbered insert set) but I am positive that I won't ever try to track down the complete 1998 Leaf set!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Digging into the Box XIV: Doubling Up on Topps Heritage!

Once again, it's time to return to the second (of four) giant boxes of cards from my younger brother.  Last time, I took a look at a brand that I usually don't care for (Bowman).  Today, we flip the script and take a gander at a brand that I usually love (Topps Heritage).

This year, I decided to try my hand at chasing Heritage once again...and unfortunately once again the short prints have been my downfall!  However, thanks to my brother I can at least say that the regular base set wasn't all that hard to nearly complete in a decent amount of time!

How much thanks goes to my brother?  Well, here's a pictorial comparison.

The stack on the left is my Heritage set to date.  The stack on the right?  Cards from my brother that I was missing for my own set!

Thanks to that gigantic stack, I'm down to mostly needing short prints in order to finish off my set!  In addition to the base cards, my brother also threw in four of the 1st Draft cards:

As it turns out, those four cards make up the complete set.  It's weird to have an insert set with only four cards - and to actually only have three different players on the checklist.  Strange - but at least the doubled up player is one of the Reds' all-time greats (and each card has a different image)!  I also like the Nolan Ryan card a lot - not bad four a four card insert set!

In addition to the gigantic stack of cards that I needed, my brother unloaded a bunch of his other Heritage base card duplicates on me which I will hopefully get organized and posted on my for trade page soon (maybe even later today)!

And with that, I'm down to one more stack of cards (though it's a huge stack) in the second of four boxes.  So far, the two boxes have proven to be a lot of fun to go through - a few cards for sets I want, a few cards for my own collections, and some trade bait for all of you!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Trade Stack 61: A 2014 Topps Heritage Card Joins the Stack

Here is how this works:
Every so often (i.e. whenever I feel like it), I will add a card to a "Trade Stack".  Whenever the stack becomes appealing enough to someone, that person needs to comment on the post saying they'd like to claim the stack AND tell me which card they are sending off of my want list.  That's all you have to do - trade me ONE card (or more, of course) card from my want list for the entire stack of cards that I'm offering.  Each time, it will be first come, first serve...so act quickly (unless of course you are a gambler and hope to wait it out until there are 10+ cards in the stack that you want in exchange for a single 2004 UD Vintage card that I am looking for)!

The Trade Stack:
Last update:  6/19/14

The size of the Trade Stack has now reached half a dozen - will this be the tipping point for someone to jump in and claim the entire pile?  

If you want the stack, remember - all you need to do is offer up any one card from my want list.

2014 Topps Heritage:
163.  Wily Peralta

1994 Sportsflics 2000:
172.  Javier Lopez - Braves

2012 Bowman:
60.  Jordan Walden - Angels

2012 Upper Deck Marvel Avengers:
23.  Hulk


1991 Donruss:
127.  Fernando Valenzuela - Dodgers

2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants:
46.  Johnny Bench - Reds



Want the card(s) in the stack?  Act fast - tell me which card you will send me off my want list in the comments below!  You must leave a comment on the trade stack post in order to claim the card - no more claims via email!  If no one claims this card within a reasonable amount of time (a few hours up to a few days, depending) - I'll add another card to the stack and the process will start again!


Previously Claimed Trade Stacks:
Stack 01:  2 cards by dayf
Stack 02:  8 cards by Justin
Stack 03:  17 cards by Cam
Stack 04:  4 cards by Cam
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Barry Larkin Collection 284: 1999 Topps Gallery - #22

Barry Larkin
Year:  1999
Brand:  Topps Gallery
Card number:  22

I'll state it immediately - this is easily one of my least favorite Larkin photos on any card that I own.  Who wants a card of their favorite player showing that player (apparently) about to make an error on a groundball?  It's a unique shot, but in this case it's not an appreciated shot!

Luckily, the back of the card contains a "standard" shot of Larkin along with his 1998 statistics (broken down by month).  I haven't yet figured out why card companies think that we need to know monthly statistics in lieu of career statistics but it is what it is.  This won't go down as my favorite Larkin card, but I do like the Topps Gallery line so it's still an appreciated addition to my collection!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Box Review: 1999 Pacific Private Stock (Hobby)



The 1999 Pacific Private Stock box contains 24 packs with 6 cards per pack (5 regular sized cards and 1 tobacco sized mini card).

The regular base set contains 150 cards with zero short prints (yay!).  There are four parallel sets for the base set:
  • Private Stock Preferred Series (numbered to 399)
  • Private Stock Exclusive Series (hobby only - numbered to 299)
  • Private Stock Platinum Series (numbered to 199)
  • Private Stock Vintage Series (numbered to 99)

In addition to the parallel sets for the regular base cards, there is a single parallel set of the mini set (which is a parallel of the base set to begin with)!  The mini set is called PS-206 while the parallel set is uncreatively called PS-206 Parallel.

Finally, there is a single insert set in this set (which is a big departure from many Pacific sets) called Home Run History which are seeded 2:25 packs (or not-quite-two-per-box).

Despite being released in 1999, the Pacific Private Stock set actually takes the majority of its cues from the "olden days."  With only one insert set, plus a few (rare) parallel set, the set is mostly focused on nothing but base cards.  Even more interesting, there aren't any subsets - just 150 base cards!  The base card design is solid, though ultimately it's not particularly memorable.

I like the team logo in the background - and the foil isn't so overdone to be obnoxious (unlike some other Pacific releases).  On the other hand, most of the photographs are boring (the Bagwell is the first card in the set has one of the better action shots with the broken bat)!  Most of the photos look more like Andruw Jones - batters in some part of their swing and pitchers standing on the mound.

The backs of the cards are interesting in that Pacific chose to pick a single "standout" game for the player in question and then provide the full box score for that game.

In the case of Derek Jeter, his game occured on May 20, 1998 where he went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and 2 runs.  Quite honestly, that's a good game but hardly spectacular!  You also get 1998 season stats and career stats in the bottom right corner (plus another head shot photo in the top right corner).  It's different but I like it - easy to read so no complaints!

The mini cards are the same size as the classic tobacco cards (think the Allen & Ginter mini cards of current popularity for a size comparison).  The front of the mini cards looks exactly like the regular base cards except there is no foil (yay!).

The back of the regular mini cards is all blue with the Pacific Private Stock logo and card number present.  The PS-206 parallel set looks the same from the front of the card but the backside of the card is printed in red rather than blue.  Not a very exciting parallel set!

As I mentioned in the beginning, the box contains 24 packs with 5 base cards and 1 mini card per pack.  As such, you would expect 24 x 5 = 120 different base cards (minus a couple for the Home Run History inserts and maybe minus one or two more for the various parallel sets).

How did my box do?  Well, I did get 117 base cards - but 35 of those were duplicates and 3 were triplicates.  The other three regular sized cards included two Home Run History inserts.

I have to admit, the Home Run History cards don't do much for me.  Back in 1999 these would have been great - but given what we now know about the players involved (steroids, corked bats, etc.), it's hard to get too excited about the insert set.

The final base card was my lone full-sized parallel of the box:  A Pacific Private Stock Exclusive parallel of Derek Jeter numbered 190/299 on the back of the card.

I would have preferred to pull a Barry Larkin parallel but if I couldn't I guess I could have done a lot worse than pulling the Yankee's long time captain.  Speaking of Larkin, I did get one Barry Larkin base card - but no Larkin mini and no Larkin parallels which was disappointing for a Larkin collector!

In the end, I give the 1999 Pacific Private Stock the following ratings:
Set Design:  B
Collation:  F
Opening Thrill:  C-
Overall:  C-

I actually like the set, but it quickly became apparent that the box would be chock full of duplicates which would make collecting the entire set a challenge.  The lone insert set didn't hold up well over time - and while parallels can be interesting Pacific mostly mailed it in in terms of their parallels in this set.  Collation in the box was terrible, there's no excuse for triplicates - and that ended up dragging the overall box grade down a lot.

This is clearly not one of Pacific's finest moments.